WATCH: Upgrade your parlour on a budget


The Brady farm had an established milking parlour, so when they decided to upgrade to a new parlour, it needed to be adapted to work in an existing building - it wasn’t difficult, in fact, Gerald Brady found it easy to work with Dairymaster.

Gerald Brady is milking about 70 cows at the moment - 25% are on an autumn calving system, while 75% are spring-calving. He also has a small liquid quota.

The Bradys look for 1300 - 1400 gallons per cow with good fats and proteins. The farmer has been working on keeping up the constituents.

Upgrade

The parlour started out as an 8-unit that got upgraded to 17-units. “We had jars, but it was not a comfortable parlour to work in,” said Gerald.

He found that the jars were in the way and the pit was too shallow, so he decided to go for the upgrade.

A couple of years ago, the Brady’s built a ‘summer parlour’ away from the yard - that doesn’t have winter accommodation, so the upgrade took place in the ‘home-yard’ where winter accommodation was available.

The aim of the upgrade was to improve the efficiency and the comfort of the parlour for both the animals and the parlour operators.

Dairymaster

The decision was made to clear the old parlour and start from scratch. “We didn’t want to go mad, just put in a simple, straight-forward parlour,” said Gerald.

Second-hand material was used where possible, that helped to keep the budget down and it was kept to a low-tech standard.

Gerald would like to eventually install more high-tech automated gear and has left enough room to do that in the future.

They did, however, install a variable speed vacuum pump and the farmer is delighted “the power consumption is way down.”

The motor is drawing of 12/13 amps, compared with having previously had two pumps drawing 18 amps each, creating a saving of up to 15%.

Video Source: Dairymaster \ YouTube

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